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My question is why is かな being used in this sentence? The person is asking me why I come/came to he site? or wondering why I came to the site? Would かな be added after the の? I am used to seeing かな used in statements not questions.

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かな at the end of a question sentence ending with の is a bit of a reflexive ending that provides the nuance of wondering about what is being asked.

Consider, then:

どうしてこのサイトに来てるの?
Why did you come to this site?

vs.

どうしてこのサイトに来てるのかな?
I wonder why you have come to this site.

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    Isn't the nuance more along the lines of "why you come to this site" (regularly) as opposed to "why you have come to this site" (this once)? – By137 Sep 21 '19 at 1:31
  • @By137 Because of 来てる (or 来ている), it looks like the question is about why they are there right that moment, as opposed to just 来る which would point to a more habitual action – psosuna Sep 23 '19 at 18:45

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